FOUR paw prints. In 1931, New York City was growing and needed more and more fireboats to help put out fires from the river. The most famous of these fireboats was the John J. Harvey fireboat which was named after a famous New York City firefighter. The John J. Harvey was used for years and years but by 1995 it was no longer needed and it was left to rust. A group of friends, who just happened to like boats, decided to buy the Harvey to fix her up and give rides, but no one thought to check to see if the fire hoses still worked because no one needed them. But on September 11, 2001 everything changed. There was a huge fire near the river in New York City and the friends who owned the Harvey were asked to make the fire hoses work. They did and the friends of the Harvey and the Harvey itself became heroes. So why include this book for elementary students? Many elementary students were babies or weren’t even born when these events happened. This book is a good introduction to the events of that day without getting into the politics over why it happened.